David Madden is Associate Professor in Sociology and Co-Director of the Cities Programme. He works on urban studies, political sociology, and social theory. His research interests include housing, public space, urban restructuring, and critical urban theory. He has conducted qualitative, ethnographic and archival research in New York City and London. He is co-author, with Peter Marcuse, of In Defense of Housing: The politics of crisis (Verso, 2016). His writing has appeared in leading urban sociology journals as well as The Guardian, the Washington Post, and Jacobin. David holds a PhD from Columbia University. He can be found on Twitter @davidjmadden.
2016. With co-author Peter Marcuse. In Defense of Housing: The politics of crisis. London and New York: Verso.
2018. "Pushed off the map: toponymy and the politics of place in New York City." Urban Studies, 55 (8). pp. 1599-1614.
2014. “Neighborhood as Spatial Project: Making the urban order on the downtown Brooklyn waterfront.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 38 (2): 471-497.
2012. “City Becoming World: Nancy, Lefebvre and the global-urban imagination.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 30 (5): 772-787.
2011. With co-authors Neil Brenner and David Wachsmuth. “Between Abstraction and Complexity: Meta-theoretical observation on the assemblage debate.” CITY: Analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action 15 (6): 740-750.
2011. With co-authors Neil Brenner and David Wachsmuth. “Assemblage urbanism and the challenges of critical urban theory.” CITY: Analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action 15 (2): 225-240.
2010. “Revisiting the End of Public Space: Assembling the public in an urban park.” City and Community 9 (2): 187-207.
2017. “The Contradictions of Global Urban Public Space: The view from New York and London.” In Ricky Burdett and Suzanne Hall, eds., The SAGE Handbook of Urban Sociology: New approaches to the twenty-first century city. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.
2017. Neil Brenner, David J. Madden and David Wachsmuth. “Assemblage, Actor-Networks and the Challenges of
Critical Urban Theory.” Pp 237-260 in Neil Brenner, Critique of Urbanization: Selected essays. Basel: Birkhäuser Verlag GmbH.
2015. “Spatial Projects: The politics of neighborhood in New York.” Pp 3-12 in Housing After the Neoliberal Turn: International case studies. Berlin: Spector Books.
2013. “City Becoming World: Nancy, Lefebvre and the global-urban imagination.” Pp 505-522 in Implosions/Explosions: Towards a study of planetary urbanization. Neil Brenner, ed. Berlin: Jovis.
2011. “Assemblage, actor-networks and the challenges of critical urban theory.” Pp 117-137 in Cities for People, Not for Profit: Critical urban theory and the right to the city, Neil Brenner, Peter Marcuse and Margit Mayer, eds. (New York: Routledge, 2011). Turkish translation, 2014: “Assemblajlar, Aktör-Ağlar ve Eleştirel Kent Teorisinin Karşilaştiği Zorluklar,” pp 155-181 in Kâr İçin Değil Halk İçin: Eleştirel Kent Teorisi Ve Kent Hakkı. Istanbul: Sel.
Reviews and Commentary
2016. “A Homegrown Housing Crisis.” The Guardian, 5 October.
2016. David Madden and Peter Marcuse. “No Rent for Rats.” Jacobin, 22 November.
2016. David Madden and Peter Marcuse. “The Permanent Crisis of Housing.” Jacobin, 2 October. Bosnian-Croation-Serbian translation, 2016: “Stalna kriza stanovanja,” Mašina, 14 October.
2016. “Designing Against the Public.” Topos: The international review of landscape architecture and urban design 96: 52-59.
2015. “An Idea of Progress.” Commissioned text for Iván Argote: An Idea of Progress. Exhibition at Space Studios, London.
2015. “Five myths about public housing.” Washington Post, 13 September 2015.
2015. “There Is a Politics of Urban Knowledge Because Urban Knowledge Is Political: A rejoinder to ‘Debating urban studies in 23 steps.’” CITY: Analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy action 19 (2-3): 297-302.
2015. “Book Review: Hell’s Kitchen and the Battle for Urban Space.” American Journal of Sociology 120 (2): 604-606.
2015. “Book Review: Cities Full of Symbols.” Contemporary Sociology 44 (1): 100-101.
2014. “Book Review: Offshoring.” Theory, Culture & Society web reviews, 16 September.
2013. “Book Review: Remaking London.” LSE Review of Books, 23 November.
2013. “Gentrification doesn’t trickle down to help everyone.” The Guardian, 10 October.
2013. “Book Review: Globalization, Modernity and the City.” Economic Geography 89 (3): 311-312.
2012. “Book Review: The Transatlantic Collapse of Urban Renewal.” LSE Review of Books.
2012. “Poor Man’s Penthouse” (review essay on the film The Pruitt-Igoe Myth). CITY: Analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action 16 (3): 377-381.
2012. With co-author Antonis Vradis. “From Athens to Occupy and Back: Introduction to cities in upheaval.” CITY: Analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action 16 (1-2): 235-236.
2010. “Urban ANTs: A review essay.” Qualitative Sociology 33 (4): 583-590.